It isn’t always easy to smile and be happy. Parents at this time of year, tend to be way more stressed out than they should be. I get it, I’ve been there. I might be there in 5 minutes, or 5 hours, or – maybe 5 day’s time.
Keep in mind that there are many things that go through everyone’s mind. There isn’t a way to stop those incessant thoughts…
- What is the right thing to do?
- Where are we going to be?
- Is it safe?
- What if I am not ready?
- Who will visit?
- Would this be the right thing for dinner?
- Will we have enough?
- Are they going to be happy?
To all of these, I say…it will be okay.
Just remember that you are who you are and none of these are important questions to fret over.
Instead, be in the moment and enjoy every minute of the season.
Think about it – it is even harder for kids – waiting for the rest of this week to be done. A few more days of school, a party in the classroom, Secret Santa gift exchange. What will they get? Will their wish list be fulfilled? How will Santa delivery presents, they don’t have a fireplace?!? Are they on the nice or naughty list?
And remember this one simple phrase.
Be here now…
This is a mantra that I heard years ago repeated by a corporate guru of all people. In hindsight, their meaning had a different focus. Based on a small bit of research, the quote originated much earlier, and was said by someone a bit more spiritual in nature and focus. (Who knows, maybe the CEO had read his book.)
I am sure that what he also meant was – this is the happiest of holiday – so let’s all smile and be happy – right here, right now, right where we are.
~ Dawn aka Hat Girl